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James D. Byers

also known as J.D. Byers, JD Byers

About me

Practicing in North Carolina since 1994, J.D. Byers is an attorney dedicated to serving clients in legal practice areas where he has strong qualifications and experience.


A diligent and aggressive criminal defender, J.D. looks at all defense angles, visits scenes of accidents when necessary, and communicates actively with clients. His track record includes success in both state and federal courts, on offenses ranging from traffic violations and DWI to drug offenses and capital murder.


J.D. is a native North Carolinian, from Wilkes County. He is an experienced, instrument-rated pilot who travels nationwide to consult and provide representation on a wide range of aviation law matters. With extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies.  J.D. is well-equipped to pursue compensation for personal injury victims as well.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    22 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    22 years
  3. Expungement: 10%
    22 years
  4. Aviation: 10%
    22 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher Anthony Beechler

    I have known JD Byers for 16 years. I have worked for him and with him, and we often represent clients in the same state and federal courts. He is hard-working, highly motivated, and goal oriented. JD is an excellent advocate for his clients in any courtroom. He is widely considered one of the best and most successful defense attorneys in central North Carolina.


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  • Christian Bennett Thomas

    An experienced and well regarded criminal defense attorney in the legal community. A strong advocate when you are caught up in the justice system.


    Christian Thomas Criminal defense Attorney
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Law Office of J. Darren Byers, P.A.1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationPast President1995 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Citadel, Military College of South CarolinaN/AN/A1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending Child Sex Abuse CasesEvidentiary Issues in Child Sex Offense Cases2009